Parkinson’s Disease results when a region of the brain that produces dopamine is either malnourished or damaged. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that’s released from the brain when you are doing something that you love, such as indulging your sweet tooth with chocolate. Not only does dopamine make you feel good, it also controls your ability to move your muscles. Every time you are doing something you enjoy, your brain releases dopamine which explains the increased level of joy and feeling of reward and stimulation. Not all dopamine-stimulating activities are healthy, but focusing on healthy ones like physical exercise, healthy foods, and spending quality time with loved ones is good for your overall emotional and physical health.
Insufficient dopamine is caused by the death of dopamine-producing cells in the mid-region of the brain. The exact cause of Parkinson’s is unknown, but symptoms include rigidity in movement, slowness, inability to focus, distracting and uncontrollable muscle tremors, and difficulty with walking. Parkinson’s is usually associated with older adults (age 60 and over) but it can also happen to younger adults if they were involved in a car accident that damaged the mid-region of their brain.
To ease the discomfort of day-to-day activities, A-1 Home Care provides quality in-home health care for individuals with Parkinson’s. Our certified home health aides, caregivers and companions provide skilled services in the communities of Huntington Beach, Cypress, Newport Beach, Long Beach, Irvine, Tustin and surrounding cities.